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Wolf Trap National Park for Performing Arts 1551 Trap Road Vienna, VA 22182
703-255-1900
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4 reviews
2 stars
attended Jul 06 2008

You never really know what you're getting into when you go see a Wolf Trap performance--I find it very hit or miss--but last night's production of Candide was absolutely top-notch. The talent was immense--everyone on that stage was...continued

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6 stars
attended Jul 06 2008

I enjoyed Jason Alexander in Candide. It was a treat on a rainy night to sit inside Wolf Trap for 1/2 price.

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16 reviews
5 stars
attended Jul 06 2008

I appreciated the energy but didn't understand the words to most of the songs or even he narrative wasn't clear so I am sure I missed a lot of the funny and clever parts.

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Description

Bernstein’s Candide in concert

Stephen Lord, conductor

Jason Alexander

Wolf Trap Opera Company

National Symphony Orchestra

The City Choir of Washington

Comic operetta in two acts (adaption of New York City Opera House version by Mauceri, Miller and Wells).

Book by Hugh Wheeler, after Voltaire. Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein (E).

Voltaire’s Candide (or Optimism) is a sprawling and bewildering satire that we mere mortals are hard pressed to comprehend. But it is a measure of Leonard Bernstein’s genius that when we take Candide’s musical journey, we feel simultaneously the naïveté of the optimistic young man and the jaded cynical world around him. Truly touching moments (Candide’s “It Must Be So”) mix with broad comedy (the Old Lady’s “I Am Easily Assimilated”) and unflinching parody (“What a Day for an Auto-da-fè!”), until it all washes away in the glorious “Make Our Garden Grow” finale.

Conductor Stephen Lord and the National Symphony Orchestra again work their magic in this concert staging format.

The Story:

In the castle of Baron Thunder-Ten-Tronck in Westphalia, Dr. Pangloss tutors four children based on his philosophy that “all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.” The children are Cunegonde and Maximilliam, the beautiful daughter and son of the Baron, Paquette, a servant girl, and Candide, a bastard cousin. Candide and Cunegonde fall in love and once their feelings are discovered, Candide is banished from Barony and tricked into joining the Bulgarian army to ravage his own homeland. After many misadventures, Candide is borne to Portugal where he discovers Cunegonde raped and almost dead. Pangloss, who is now a begger, is also discovered and they are reunited and sentenced before the Spanish Inquisition and Pangloss is hanged. Candide manages to escape with Cunegonde, thanks to the Old Lady, and they set forth on a harrowing journey to the New World. There they are reunited with Maximilian (disguised as a woman) and Paquette, whom the Governor of Cartagena, Colombia has purchased as concubines. The Governor falls for Maximilian and is so disgusted upon learning his true gender that he decides to execute him, but later decides to sell him to a monastery instead. Candide and Maximilian argue over Curegonde and Candide stabs Maximilian. After further misadventures and becoming separated from his friends once more, Candide ends up leaving the New World and making his way back across the ocean where he is again joined by Maximilian (newly brought back to life), Paquette, and eventually even Cunegonde who has since become a prostitute in a gambling casino. Destitute, the four go to see a wise man that turns out to be Pangloss who survived the hanging. Their old teacher reveals new wisdom to the quartet that man must “work from dawn til’ dusk, in the fields, patiently learning to make his garden grow.”

About the Ticket Supplier: Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Wolf Trap plays a valuable leadership role in both the local and national performing arts communities. Through a wide range of artistic and education programs, Wolf Trap enhances our nation’s cultural life and ensures that the arts remain accessible and affordable to the broadest possible audience. Wolf Trap is run through a public/private partnership between the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. The Foundation, a 501©(3) nonprofit organization, creates and selects programming; develops education programs; handles ticket sales, marketing, publicity, and public relations; and raises funds to support these programs while keeping ticket prices affordable. The National Park Service maintains the grounds and buildings of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts and provides technical theater assistance for the Filene Center.